The bald eagle is a symbol of freedom that resonates through the population of our country. It represents many of the foundations of our nation: strength, beauty, and the ability to overcome. The beautiful bird is also a symbol of our history. Thankfully, the bird itself is not history.
Many years ago the bald eagle was plentiful along our forests and
waterways. However, a loss of
habitat and a silent killer nearly wiped out the species for good.
In 1962, an ailing Rachel Carson published a somewhat controversial book
called Silent Spring.
The book detailed the scientific connection between the decline in bald
eagles and a man-made substance called DDT.
She was the first to publicly question the impact of the substance on the
eaglesí reproductive process. As
she outlined, DDT caused the shell of the eaglesí eggs to be produced much
thinner than they would be naturally. Thus,
many young eagles were being lost because their shell was unable to protect them
until time to hatch out. As a result
of her stance against the chemical industry, DDT was outlawed in
According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the bald eagle